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Old 02-08-2016, 01:39 PM   #29
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My Mom was ill for as long as I could remember.
Then when Dad retired he ended up becoming her full time care giver
Never got to enjoy life.

GF's Mom had her first and only heart-attack at age of 48......died on the spot.
Her Dad had multiple ones and died at work at the age of 62

When we both turned 50 we retired.........and began to fully enjoy our life.
4 yrs later we sold everything bought truck/5vr and hit the road.......traveling weekly using secondary/back roads making 12 trips across USA tip to tip/coast to coast/border to border for 7 yrs.

Now we are back in a home enjoying the next phase of our life.

Tomorrow......not sure. Haven't got there yet !!!!

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Old 02-10-2016, 06:00 AM   #30
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Great advice! And so very true.

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Old 02-12-2016, 06:12 PM   #31
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heart issues

Just watched this today. Was some quite interesting info. The beginning was slow.
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Old 02-13-2016, 07:52 AM   #32
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My wife and I are in our early 40's (43 & 40) and are going through this right now with my parents. My father is 70 and my mother 61. They have worked hard and have been debt free for years, and have a fair amount in the bank. Their small farm is leased out as of last year and generates a little income. My mother has been a nurse for 40+ years and is still working. They have a nice '15 Heartland Bighorn and '11 F350 they purchased new with plans on traveling a little. We cannot get my mother convinced to retire early, and go enjoy the things they have worked hard for. It's not like it would put them in the poor house. I've told them many times, they earned the money, they need to enjoy it. I'd much rather see them enjoy it now, then inherit it later.

My wife and I were married 4 years ago, been together 5. I operate a fairly successful trucking company. We aren't rich, but by working hard, the only debt I have is a very small business LOC and a few more years on my/now our home. Everything else is paid for. I was a bachelor until then, so I ran hard, and paid my debts as I had no reason to be home. Now with getting out of debt and having a "family" I have slowed down a little. We have a golden opportunity to camp for the summer at one of our favorite state park/lake. It's around 60 miles from home and located close to where we unload trucks most everyday. We both commented last year while enjoying time there, that this summer, we should just stay there and come home one day during the week to do laundry, mow the grass, pay the bills, and do bookwork for the company. I can still run my truck and manage the other trucks from the lake. We aren't getting any younger, and we feel it's a blessing to be able to do something we enjoy as a family (camping) and still generate income.

My wife is all that is left of her family. She lost in sister in her late 30's early 40's, her mother passed at 60 due to a stroke, and we laid her father to rest 3 years ago at 75, as he succumbed to cancer. They never had the opportunity to travel and enjoy life as a family because her Dad worked all the time.

So here we are in our early 40's with one son in his second year of college, another son is a jr in high school, and our daughter in 4th grade. We want to enjoy life a little while we have both our health and financial means to do it. We never know when it's our time, so we might as well enjoy it while we are here.
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Old 02-13-2016, 08:34 AM   #33
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My mother passed away suddenly in 1998 at the age of 59. She had always wanted to take a cruise. My dad kept telling her let's do it next year. They also had always wanted to see Alaska. They actually had plane reservations when she died. My dad cancelled the trip. I watched him for 13 years deal with the shoulda, coulda, and wouldas. My husband and I decided right then and there that we would travel while we were still able to. We have been on 10 cruises and hope to do 10 more. It had always been a dream of ours to own a motorhome but thought we should wait until we retired. That is until our neighbor brought one home. Kept telling us, you all have to get one too. Well 7 years ago a deal came along that we knew we couldn't pass up. A couple in their 80's could no longer use their 1999 HR and wanted it to go to someone who was going to enjoy it. Without hesitation we wrote a check. And just like that we went from camping in a tent to camping in luxury. Our new lifestyle had begun. We loved the Endeavor but hubby longed for a diesel pusher. Last May another deal came our way from another couple in their late 80's. So now we have our 2001 Dynasty. I retired early in 2014 and Tom will take early retirement next year. Then, Good Lord, willing we will hit the southern route with all the other snow birds. We are so happy that we did not wait to purchase our first motorhome. And the plan is to still hop on a cruise every chance we get. I am sure my mother is with me every trip I take. So please, if you have dreams and can afford them now, make them come true now. We too have lost family and friends who never got the chance to live out their dreams. Live is a gift and we never know how long we will have it. Make the most of it. Happy Travels to All!
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Old 02-13-2016, 10:28 AM   #34
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Wink Hospice reflections...

My bride was a Pediatric Social Worker for San Diego Hospice for a number of years. This meant that about half of her patients were terminally ill children with the other half adults with children. Talk about a career that will give you some serious perspective on life.

The biggest single frustration of those working in the Hospice field is how late people avail themselves of Hospice care. Most doctors get a lot of the blame as they are reluctant to admit defeat and acknowledge that their patient is going to die. Hospice care provides as much comfort for the surviving family members and friends as for the patient. Delaying hospice care benefits no one.

My parents suffer from Parkinson's (mom - 85), and dementia (dad - 88), and both are in nursing homes with little if any quality of life. Fortunately they listened to us when we urged them to travel 20 to 30 years ago and travel they did. They visited every corner of the globe on escorted luxury tours and had a blast until their declining health intervened.

We are in our mid sixties, retired over the last 10 years and travel in our 24'Class C extensively (28,000+ miles in the first 30 months of ownership). I also ride my motorcycle (Harley Davidson Super Glide), several times a week along with playing a fair amount of golf.

Live every day like it is going to be your last because someday.... you will be right!

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Old 02-13-2016, 10:46 AM   #35
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Hospice is a great service and what a great insight/gift she shared with you - and thank you for sharing with us.
I retired early amongst comments like 'you're too young', 'you can't afford it', 'what about the high cost of medical' ect. Over half of those co-workers are now deceased; most worked until health issues forced retirement. Many years later my DW and I am still doing just fine.

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